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NYKnickFanatic
04-03-2014, 09:17 AM
NEW YORK -- Longtime NBA referee Dick Bavetta was honored before the Brooklyn Nets-New York Knicks game by the NBA for officiating in his 2,633rd consecutive regular season game.

Bavetta passed former Major League Baseball and Orioles great Cal Ripken Jr.'s ironman streak and was presented with a commemorative plaque and basketball by Rod Thorn, the NBA's president of basketball operations.

"Well it means that I am here and alive and happy," Bavetta said about what he thinks of his streak. "And it doesn't end here as they say. After tonight there is another game. That is what we (do). I am just blessed that the ironman streak has been broken here (at Madison Square Garden), I couldn't ask for something any better."

Bavetta, 74, who is a member of the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame, began officiating NBA games in 1975 and has worked 270 playoff games in 29 straight seasons. He has officiated 27 NBA Finals games and three All-Star Games. Bavetta also was the first NBA referee selected to officiate the 1992 Summer Olympic Games in Barcelona.

Even if he is only a ref, not missing ONE game since 1975 is very impressive. Congrats to him. :clap:

http://espn.go.com/new-york/nba/story/_/id/10717733/nba-referee-dick-bavetta-betters-cal-ripken-jr-2633rd-consecutive-game

And we will never forget this: http://thesportshernia.typepad.com/blog/images/barkley_bavetta_slow_dance_5.jpg

ManRam
04-03-2014, 09:21 AM
I think it's quite impressive honestly, especially a guy his age. Refs don't deal with much or any contact or anything like that, but they move around a good deal, certainly more than baseball players. It doesn't compare for obvious reasons, but impressive/surprising nonetheless.

NYKnickFanatic
04-03-2014, 09:27 AM
I think it's quite impressive honestly, especially a guy his age. Refs don't deal with much or any contact or anything like that, but they move around a good deal, certainly more than baseball players. It doesn't compare for obvious reasons, but impressive/surprising nonetheless.

Agreed, well put.